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Grateful Dead Live at Shoreline Amphitheatre on 1991-05-12

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Grateful Dead Live at Shoreline Amphitheatre on 1991-05-12

Topics Live concert

Picasso Moon, Althea, CC Rider-> It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry, El Paso, High Time, Black Throated Wind, Deal Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Looks Like Rain, Terrapin Station-> Jam-> Drums-> Jam-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Throwing Stones-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: The Weight

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Shoreline Amphitheatre
Location Mountain View, CA

Source Master Soundboard Cassette > CDR


Master Soundboard Cassette > CDR; via Scott Clugston


Reviewer: tonymannara - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2010
Subject: Ups and Downs...but FUN
First, the recording is not great…but turned way up it actually isn’t too muddy at all. This is definitely listenable as is, well above our old standard boot cassette quality. You get some good, clear isolation in the mix of each and every instrument. Vince is down in most of the first set, but that was how it was. The balance is pretty damn good from the very beginning of the second set.

Oh my. Bruce is absolutely SMOKIN’ out of the gates. “Best” Picasso ever? Not sure…but it is the highest energy, most rockin’ one I have heard yet. “Takes a Train” is an awesome good treat, of course. Sorry, but I found this BTW a little so-so, even considering some later versions, including Shoreline a few years prior. So many of you noted this Deal and at first I was disappointed. Like many Dead versions the lyric sections were pretty average to start, and the pace was way to quick. Then the JAM happened. One frickin’ word – BRUCE. Indeed a rockin version well above average, no doubt about that. Seems like Bruce inspires Jerry to greatness throughout this whole show…which was the case for so many shows on this tour. A whole other level. 2nd set is pretty damn solid. Phil comes out absolutely wicked right from the start and gets some wicked 70’s style on Help…then goes nutty in the Slip…this is the Phil I love…BOMBS A-PLENTY. Mick and Billy really lock in with Phil and Bobby goes other worldly here…even Vince gets down inside… Jer is on fire…this Slipknot is really, really fat and nice. Man is it good! The high point of this show for sure. Then the Frank’s disappoints, especially Vince. Weak LLR (a personal fave song) and a sloppy Terrapin. Downer. Rest of the set had moments but was sloppy. I did enjoy The Weight. Excellent.
Reviewer: birdsong4all - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2009
Subject: tink tink
What better than a "plink plink" to go with Jerry's infamous "tink tink" ??? Yeah I was there -- not sure what I value more: having been there (how fortunate) or being able to hear it here now (& again & again) THANX SO MUCH
Reviewer: stoner mulholland - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2008
Subject: the best picasso moon ever!!!
this one and the one from mile high..(same year)...its a good song.....dont care what deadheads think of this song....i think its a good song...not a great one,but a good one...
Reviewer: Tito&Smokey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 15, 2007
Subject: 4 stars?
Big show all around.Definitly top 20% of 90s shows.Good recording "Train to cry" a big highlite
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2007
Subject: funny comments
too much low end?
that is a good one
this is a great recording -----the highs are a bit smooshed
which could be a good thing''
review the recordings!!!!!
bruce sounds like a lounge pianist every time i hear him----plunk plunk plunk
Reviewer: lena -lost - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2007
Subject: the show I missed the last part of...................
I think this is one of the best I ever went to, and find it incredible to have be able to download it.
I got a tape sent to me afterwards but it was to much wind and that affected the sound quality.

It was almost too much with all the good songs - all at once, and as far as I recall it I coudl hardly rise from the grass.

Teh loaction ws jsut incredible too, outdoors and the salty winds and the green green grass.

But I seem to have problems with the second set in downloading.
Reviewer: EllisDee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2006
Subject: Black throated wind
Its a treat when I get a awsome show with a treat like black throated wind with it.I wish the rec was better but ohh well.Big fan of that song and they didnt play it to often before this.
Reviewer: Rich D - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2006
Subject: Great Terrapin and following jam
Jakstraw - This is a great deal, but check out 10/17/83. I think it is just as good, maybe better! One of those excellent 1st sets.

I have to say that I'm not overly impressed with the quality of this soundboard - too much low end. I prefer the FOB copy (and I usually prefer the boards and made out pretty well before they got ranked :)
Reviewer: otisa42 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2006
Subject: ah the memories!
I remember this show as if it were yesterday. 19 years old, on tour because my folks kicked me out of the house, and the last show of the tour. 5/10 was indeed a bit better musically but this show will always be on the top as far as emotional impact. After the Cal Expo shows, all I talked about was how I really wanted to hear a kickin Lovelight. I remember lying on the grass listening to the show as the 2nd set began to wind down after space thinking that I might not get to hear it and then it happened! I turned to my friend just as she turned to me, both of us with grins from ear to ear. Needless to say we were up on our feet in half a second. between that, the most smokin Deal I ever heard and the surprise treat of It Takes a lot to Laugh, I make this the most memorable show I ever went to.
Reviewer: Dub Irie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2006
Subject: great show - mediocre recording
This show was stellar - with jerry and Bruce hitting it off starting with the end of the first set's Deal. Magic all night thereafter. Too bad this board is mediocre.
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2006
Subject: Bro Love the Dead
GD 5/12/1991 - Went to these shows in Mt View...
very fun. This was a good one.
great Deal.
It was my square-bear brother's first shows...he was primed for jerr bear...
we both had short hair --
many times peeps thought we were cops - or in Desert know, the great war --

god bless, those were fun times...
God bless the folk at Shoreline
...God bless our troops ---
...and God bless the m*tha fahkyn Grateful Dead!
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2006
Subject: deal
jakstraw, concur on this Deal. Top notch. I recommend the summer solstice show of June 1989, also at Shoreline. Most consider the "deal" the best the band has played. If you don't agree, you still get a ripping version none the less.

As of this gig, what can you say? Another fine run. Both shoreline stints in the summer and fall are epic. If I had to do a "best of" of 1991 it would be damn hard because of the night in night out brilliance.
Reviewer: jhender501 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2006
Subject: Very Nice
Love the CCrider->takes a lot..Help/Slip/Frank is
wonderful and Deal starts off rather routine but holy cow really takes off..

I love shows where I can hear what Weir is playing and this is a good one for that.
Nice show at one of my favorite venues

Reviewer: Dead Forever - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2006
Subject: Love it
One of my favorite first sets of the '90s. The boys were ON. Interplay between Jerry and Bruce is tremendous. Althea and Deal are huge. A must have. (Five star rating for set 1 only)
Reviewer: Bzl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2005
Subject: Smoking show and sound but...
...there's a lot of the lengthy post-Terrapin jam missing, and some of drums. I made a patch from the audience version, but the difference of the sound quality is pretty stark.
Amazing first set; amazing Help>Franklins, and the Terrapin is great but it's a shame that the last ~7 minutes of it isn't here.
Reviewer: jakstraw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2005
Subject: DEAL!!!!!!
I was at shoreline for this run, sitting in the 100 sections on all three nights! The 5/10 show was absolutely perfect, but this night had some nice highlights. I've been listening for almost 20 years. This DEAL is without a doubt the best deal you will find, anywhere. I challange anyone to name a more rippin Deal. Belive me, I've been searching...There are some 1990 and 1987 deals that come close, but can't top this one. (Also, If you remember, in 1991 you could not find a more flat out, scorching, mind melting jam than a DEAL First Set Closer for the Jerry Band shows)...Listen to Jerry and Bruce play off one another. Bruce is just BANGING AWAY at the keys. I remember being dead center in section 102, and laughing uncontrollably as the jam just built and built to an absolute fenzy! Garcia hits those notes he never hits, ala Morning Dew 9-18-87...It gives me goosebumps as I type this!! Get it!! Show gets a 4, but the Deal gets a 7!!
Reviewer: dmilks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2005
Subject: Top Shelf '91 Dead
Although I think the 5-10-91 night of this run is by far the best of the three in terms of musicianship, this night is a close second. The first Train to Cry since 6-10-73. There is a quick glitch/cut in CC Rider, but other than that the first set is totally intact and complete, as is the second set. Jerry slightly flubs the beginning of Slipknot, but it works out fine, and all is forgotten by the Franklin's Tower. A solid 4 star show IMHO, maybe bordering on a 4- in my book.
Reviewer: Tito&Smokey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2005
Subject: 4 stars
Big show all around.Definitly top 20% of 90s shows.Good recording "Train to cry" a big highlite
Reviewer: haircut - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2004
Subject: great show, good sound
This is a fantastic sounding show, both in performance and sound quality. Bruce Hornsby really makes this one a keeper. His playing is dynamite and crystal clear. He and Jerry have great interplay at the end of Althea. Help>Slip>Franklin's is very hot (at around a 1/2 hour of great playing!). This show's well worth a listen.
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